Nuuanu Shinto temple offers New Year’s blessings

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The Daijingu Temple of Hawaii in Nuuanu will offer blessings to New Year’s revelers — and their pets, if they so choose — starting at midnight through 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1.

The Shinto temple is located at 61 Puiwa Road, just above the Queen Emma Summer Palace and near the Nuuanu Valley Park.

At nightfall, people line up outside the temple to receive a blessing from a Shinto priest, followed by the purchase of a good luck amulet to help them over the next 12 months, and a fortune written on paper. And if the fortune doesn’t suit you for some reason, you can simply tie it to a nearby designated tree and buy another fortune.

There are charms of all sorts, including ones to help you find love, get pregnant, or stay safe in the water. Reverend Akihiro Okada says, “In Hawaii, it has over 100 years of history. Sweep out evil spirits and bring in happiness at New Year’s.”

There are earlier blessings on Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 and 11 p.m., but the bulk of the traffic arrives between midnight and 3:30 am.

Parking is available at the temple parking lot or on the street. Additional parking is available at the Boy Scouts parking lot across from the temple.

For more information, call 595-3102.

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